Fantastic Four (2015) – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Fantastic Four (2015)
Before I went to the cinema to watch Fantastic Four (2015), I watched the previous two movies; Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. To be honest, these movies are pretty dumb. But they look nice and are campy enough to make them fun and enjoyable.
Fantastic Four (2015) promises to be quite different. Director Josh Trank wanted to create a more grounded version of the original family. Batman has shown this can work. Superman has shown it can also not work. What will Fantastic Four show us?
Reed Richards (Miles Teller) is just an ordinary kid that is trying to build a teleportation device with his best friend Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell). Except, they actually succeed. They show of their invention at their school’s science fair and Reed, being the brains of the operation, gets recruited to work on a similar project involving interdimensional travel.
Reed succeeds in his endeavour with the help of fellow scientists/engineers Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), and Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell). They are dying to try the device out themselves but management does not allow it. Drunk and rebellious Reed suggests to break-in and give the machine a try. He calls and invites his friend Ben to join their little excursion.
The machine works and they arrive in another dimension. While exploring the surroundings suddenly becomes hostile, they lose Victor, and barely make it back to our dimension. But upon return the their genes seem to have been altered and they all undergo shocking mutations.
Should I Watch It?
First off, you must forget everything you know about the Fantastic Four. As you might have deduced while reading the plot, this move does not contain the origin story we all grew up with. A completely new narrative has been created, and boy does it disappoint. The characters are bland, the dialogue is boring, and the overall story is unintelligent.
The rest is not much better. The visuals of the movie are dull and substandard. Most of the scenes are filmed in either a lab or a military base, and the CGI is underwhelming. Back in 2005 Michael Chiklis did his best to ensure that his character, The Thing, was going to be a costume and not CGI. If only they would have taken a similar approach with this film, then I would have at least one positive thing to talk about.
Superhero movies often excel or disappoint depending on their villain, and that brings us to the most depressing part of Fantastic Four: Dr. Doom. We are talking about a genius billionaire scientist that has basically mastered all aspects of science and magic being turned into an emo teen that sort of has a crush on Sue. It is the worst representation of a comic book character since Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
I would compare Fantastic Four to Dragonball Evolution, but there is a slight difference. From the first second you knew that Dragonball Evolution was going to be pure unadulterated schlock. This movie had no redeeming factors. It was utter garbage. Fantastic Four is not like this, it gives you hope, the beginning is not completely terrible, you get the feeling that people were exaggerating on its awfulness. But they weren’t. The halfway point passes and all becomes clear. A part of you dies as you watch the Fantastic Four movie get the Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull treatment. This movie insults you. Fox thinks they can make a superhero movie and we will just give them our money regardless on how good it is. We are kettle to them. I am embarrassed that I have seen this movie.
No, don’t watch it.